Being a part of the European Union has helped improve almost every aspect of Irish life, from how we work, travel and shop to the quality of our environment, our opportunities for learning and the way our businesses buy and sell goods and services.
This unique political and economic alliance is also the most successful peace project in history, but despite its many successes the European Union has been the subject of myths that sometimes cause concern.
However, these myths are easily debunked when you have the facts so let’s discover the truth about your European Union.
For more information on EU actions to fight disinformation see:
EUvsDisinfo - the flagship project of the European External Action Service’s East StratCom Task Force
Despite having an opt-out on immigration measures under the Lisbon Treaty, Ireland agreed to fully participate in EU relocation/resettlement schemes.
Just 1% of Ireland's active raised bogs remain after years of land reclamation and turf-cutting and the Commission has asked Ireland to take action.
Although the European Union is sometimes accused of being undemocratic, all EU laws must be approved by democratically elected politicians.
The catch value of fish taken from Irish waters actually increased after Ireland became an EU Member State in 1973.
A complex set of circumstances led to Ireland requesting international financial assistance from the EU and the IMF in the late naughties.